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Sail to Island, Hike & Learn Photography

Vancouver, Canada

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Experience hosted by Nafees

6 hours
Includes transportation, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We'll take a breathtaking ocean ferry ride to an island and explore Bowen Island, a hidden gem not even the locals know about. The 'walk-in-the-park' is easy, fun and safe for anyone, regardless of age. We'll spend a few hours exploring old-growth forests, waterfalls, and wildlife. The highlight is of course the fall colors and fallen leaves at this time of year. Your tour is a picture-perfect way to experience Canada’s nature, while learning the basics of landscape photography. With plenty of one-on-one instruction, you will learn to take amazing photos whether you’re packing the latest DSLR or a camera phone. You'll receive complimentary photos after the tour.

Bowen Island, a 20 min ferry ride from Vancouver - is home to a variety of wildlife, galleries and shops. The ferry ride alone is breathtaking, with gorgeous views of Howe Sound and islands.
Other things to note
Bring your own camera phone or DSLR (otherwise DSLR can be provided), water and snacks, good walking shoes and layered clothing. Optional lunch otherwise we'll grab from a local shop on the island.
We'll take a breathtaking ocean ferry ride to an island and explore Bowen Island, a hidden gem not even the locals know about. The 'walk-in-the-park' is easy, fun and safe for anyone, regardless of age. We'll spend a few hours exploring old-growth forests, waterfalls, and wildlife. The highlight is of course the fall colors and fallen leaves at this time of year. Your tour is a picture-perfect way to experience Canada’s nature, while learning the…

Nafees's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Transportation
    Return public transit from downtown to the ferry terminal; return ferry rid...
  • Equipment
    You can borrow a DSLR camera or tripod, upon request.
From $50
/ person
Fri, Jan 29
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$70 per person
$70 per person
Mon, Feb 1
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
$63 per person
$63 per person
Fri, Feb 5
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$70 per person
$70 per person

Meet your host, Nafees

Host on Airbnb since 2011
  • 14 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I've been leading hikes for the local community as well as travelers for the past 20 years. After living in 7 countries and visiting 56, I founded Nature PhotoHikes where I share my love of landscape photography through lessons, photoshoots and guided hikes/walks. Lessons on your camera/smartphone include tips and tricks, composition, and settings like shutter speed, aperture and ISO. I also organize hikes for charity and youth groups, including refugees and newcomers to Canada.

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I've been leading hikes for the local community as well as travelers for the past 20 years. After living in 7 countries and visiting 56, I founded Nature PhotoHikes where I share my love of landscape photography through lessons, photoshoots and guided hikes/walks. Lessons on your camera/smartphone include tips and tricks, composition, and settings like shutter speed, aperture and ISO. I also organize hikes for charity and youth groups, including refugees and newcomers to Canada.

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Where you'll be

You will leave downtown Vancouver for a ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay terminal. We'll venture deep into the island's trails and later check out the shops and galleries. We'll visit waterfalls and lakes, see wildlife and grab lunch at a local cafe (optional).

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 14 reviews.

Julie
October 2020
Wonderful little day trip. Beautiful scenery. Learned a couple of useful camera tricks. Nafees is very personable and makes you feel quite welcome. Looking forward to checking out his other guided tours in the future.
Sujata
October 2020
Nafees is very knowledgable. He taught photography and shared lots of info about the flora and fauna of the region. Had an awesome trip and the pics which he had taken were really good!
Bradley
October 2020
Had a great day with Nafees. Lots of tips on picture taking and he took lots of time with us to find a wide variety of photo subjects.
Eve
October 2020
I highly recommend this experience. Nafees is a cool lad with a lot of knowledge on the outdoors in BC and surrounding areas. I also learned a lot about photo taking. Bowden island is a beaut! Cheers
Bakr
October 2020
Nafees was fantastic on all levels. He was very prepared and insightful throughout the experience. His photography tips are unique, helpful and easy to understand. He made sure that we all felt comfortable and got the attention that we needed. He promotes a health group dynamic where it felt like we’ve know each other for years. I loved every minute of it. I can’t recommend him enough.
Nafees was fantastic on all levels. He was very prepared and insightful throughout the experience. His photography tips are unique, helpful and easy to understand. He made sure tha…
Colette
August 2020
I had such a good time on this photography hike with Nafees! He is a very friendly, warm, and personable host with lots of good photography tips. The group felt at ease and I enjoyed meeting the new people on the tour. 10/10 a great intro to my stay on Bowen Island and I would absolutely do another of Nafees’ tours!
I had such a good time on this photography hike with Nafees! He is a very friendly, warm, and personable host with lots of good photography tips. The group felt at ease and I enjoy…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 3 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Comfortable shoes

Weather appropriate clothing, preferably in layers